SOLD: Birley Wood £49,500 Freehold


Growing on a sunny south west-facing slope close to Sheffield, Birley Wood is semi-natural ancient woodland with a lovely mix of oak, birch, sweet-chestnut, some willow and rowan trees. There are plenty of self-set tree seedlings throughout the wood growing through a ground flora of bracken and ferns, mosses and lichens, some patches of bilberry and the occasional bluebell.

A walk through the wood will lead you to discover small natural clearings which are level and could be used for camping or wildlife observation. Also to be found are the tall straight white trunks of a number of birch glades with patches of bilberry and bracken. Large rocks are randomly spread amongst the old oak coppice and add intrigue! Around the woodland and adding to the diversity are a number of sweet chestnut trees including one very old specimen, shown in the pictures.

Seedlings from the trees are quite frequent, no doubt their propagation has been aided by the resident squirrel population. Other tree species are also growing around the wood and these include ash, willow and a scattering of rowan.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


An ancient semi-natural, mature oak and birch woodland with sweet chestnut, rowan, willow and more


The combination of species growing here make for ideal wildlife habitat: all three types of British woodpeckers can be observed and roe deer also pass through the wood.


Characterful veteran trees


Sunny glades

Old stone wall on the western boundary

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is from Oughtibridge Lane along a shared hard track. The ride-stop is located at the western (the highest point in the wood). From here access on foot is quite clear to all areas of the wood. Purchasers will be provided with a key to the shared main access gate.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

There are no public rights of way through the wood.

The standard covenant will apply to the sale


The wood is ideal for a family who wants to be closer to nature, perhaps undertaking projects such as erecting birdboxes or making a wildlife hide.

The wood could provide a home firewood supply and would be great for occasional camping.

Local area and history

Birley Wood is part of Great Hollins and Beeley Wood which has a long history closely connected with the steel industry in the area. Ganister, a type of sandstone which was used to make fire bricks to line the blast furnaces in the works located in the valley bottom, was mined using the drift mine method. This practice ceased in the early 1900's. Looking further back into history, monks from Ecclesfield Priory were permitted to graze their livestock in the woodland as early as 1161.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are indicated with red markings.

  • The north eastern boundary follows a track and has markings on trees.
  • The southern boundary is with a track and has markings on trees.
  • The north western boundary in marked on stakes and follows an old tram line

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 110
  • Grid ref: SK 318 927
  • Nearest post code: S35 0HN
  • GPS coordinates: 53.4301, -1.52286

Location map


On foot:

  • from Sheffield it's a convenient bus or tram ride. There's a footpath from the Middlewood stop.

By car:

  • From the M1 Junction 35 take the A61 signed to Sheffield.
  • Upon reaching Grenoside turn right on to Norfolk Hill at the Norfolk Arms pub cross roads.
  • Continue up hill through the traffic calming measures and go straight on at the cross roads.
  • Proceed along this road for about 1 mile until you drop downhill into Oughtibridge Lane. Or from Oughtibridge town centre travel up Oughtibridge Lane sign posted to Grenoside.
  • The access track is by the small 'For Sale' sign and opposite the white Shimrod industrial buildings and next to the red-topped marker post at the lower end of the conifer hedge.

note: to view a picture of the road entrance please use S35 0HN in google maps and select street view. Also see the entrance picture in the photos section.

  • Proceed along the track for about 100 metres. The shared woodland entrance is directly ahead.
  • Park to the left of the gate.
  • Birley Wood is about 850 metres along the track, on the right hand side. The entrance is down the track beneath the power line and to the right.

Satnav/gps note: the postcode S35 0HN is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map/s. For those without satnav/gps why not use Green Flag's route finder to plan your route?

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract.

A delightful semi-natural, ancient oak and birch woodland, close to the Peak District and within easy reach of Sheffield too.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: dan@woodlands.co.uk